Wedepohl, Schultz win titles at Pete Willson Invitational

By TomM January 28, 2018 20:23

Wedepohl, Schultz win titles at Pete Willson Invitational

Wedepohl, Schultz win titles at Pete Willson Invitational

By Nate Woelfel for Wisconsin Wrestling Online | January 28, 2018

A pair of wrestlers from Wisconsin schools won individual championships at the two-day 2018 Pete Willson Wheaton Invitational January 26-27 in Wheaton, Illinois.

Wesley Schultz (UW La Crosse) won it all at 197 pounds and Grant Wedepohl (UW Platteville) was tops at 184.

Schultz entered the tournament as the No. 5 seed in his bracket and posted a perfect 5-0 record capturing the 197-pound championship.

He pinned returning national-champion and top seed Jordan Newman of UW-Whitewater in the semifinals.

Schultz followed that performance by pinning the two seed, Kyle Koser of Messiah (Pa.), in just one minute in their championship tilt.

Schultz went on to be named the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler.

Wedepohl, the top seed at 184, dominated the field. He outscored his five opponents by a combined total of 53-7.

He topped Nick Stencel of Whitewater in the championship match 6-2.

Three Wisconsin teams finished in the top-10 at the 35-team event.

UW-Whitewater placed third, while La Crosse was fifth and UW-Stevens Point finished eighth at the tournament, which is one of the longest-running regular season events in the nation.

Including their two finalists, UWW had five wrestlers place in the top-5 of their weight classes.

Meanwhile, six of La Crosse’s entrants finished in the top-6.

Dan Squires (184) led the UW-Stevens Point contingent with a third-place finish.

He also earned the Jack Schwartz Award for the most pins in the least amount of time. Squires recorded five falls in 12:56.

In total, seven Wisconsin schools competed at the event.

UW-Eau Claire placed 18th, while Platteville was 20th. MSOE took 24th and Concordia finished in 32nd.

UWEC was led by Ramsey Bloy who placed third at 197 pounds. His only loss of the weekend came to Schultz, the eventual champion, during Friday’s action.

Austin Belille (285) recorded a sixth-place finish for MSOE. He recorded four wins on Friday before missing all of Saturday due to injury.

Concordia was unable to push any wrestlers to the second day of competition. The Falcons were led by Mitchell Slatton (184) who earned a pair of wins on Friday

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Team Standings

Photo credits via UW La Crosse and UW Platteville




By TomM January 28, 2018 20:23